The Growing Problem Of Mobile Addiction


Recently, the mobile marketing and analytics company called Flurry has developed a new definition for the concept of cellphone addiction. According to their idea, the mobile addict can be defined based on the number of times he launches different apps on his/her cell phone. Normally this number is about 60. Simon Khalaf, the executive of the company explains that in average the typical users open applications on their cell phones about 10 times, 6 times less than the addicted people do.

Shocking numbers

The number of people being addicted to their smartphone technologies is growing in at a fast pace. Only during the period of 2013-2014, this number grew by 123% and reached the level of 176 million. At the same time the number of users that launch their applications about 16 times per day, increased only by 23%.

According to Flurry research, there are 15 million more addicted women than men. Female constitute 52 % of all addicted people, while the part of males is only 48 %. The majority of addicted to the cell phones are college students and teenagers. Anyway, the number of middle-aged parents on the list is big enough.

Problems in generation

While constituting only 20 % of smartphone users, the middle aged people represent 28% of mobile addicts. The most female addicts are mothers, sports fans and gamers, while the male part includes all sorts of people, from gamers and car fans to shoppers and parents.

The phenomenon described above has a reasonable explanation. Middle-aged users usually are a part of families in which their mobile phones might be used by other family members. If we speak about parents, their phones are more often used by their children than by themselves.

Watch out for the hidden dangers!

All the above information was collected by Flurry after monitoring about 150 billion application sessions each month with the involvement of 90 percent of smartphones. It should be pointed out that smartphone addiction might have serious consequences: sitting the whole day long with the phone in your hands may cause the early memory loss.

All of us know what happens if we use our smartphones too much. We stop doing useful things and start relying on our phones in almost everything we do. Even the scientists, in particular, the professor of psychology Kimberly Fenn, pointed out that sitting the whole day causes the decrease in IQ. Lack of exercise might cause obesity and it this in its turn may lead to a lower memory. There was a research conducted with both fit and unfit students to memorize definite words and, even in spite the fact that students belonged to one age and gender group, the fit students have shown much better results than the unfit ones. In this regard, the researches express their fear that the memorizing abilities is not only the one problem resulting from sitting the whole day.

So, if you think that you are mobile addicted and you value your brain as well, make some exercise and keep your body fit since the healthy mind is a result of the healthy body.

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